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Out-of-control banana republic regimes usually wind up that way incrementally. Rarely does a madman come to power and simply seize the crown. Oh sure, it happens, but it nearly always incites immediate civil disorder and even open warfare, civil or (often) externally-promoted. When Saddam invadaed Kuwait it did not take long before the world responded with lots of guns, bombs and planes, as just one example. But the slow, gradual co-opting of a government from inside out is another matter. These sorts of regimes usually collapse of their own weight, but not before they take down huge swaths of the population with them, reducing them to squalor. Thus it happened in Zimbabwe, Argentina and countless others over the years. Has it happened in the United States already, but the people simply haven't woken up? Two years ago, five, ten I would have instantly dismissed such a proposition as preposterous. Now I'm not so sure.

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East Valley Tribune

An attorney representing a tattoo parlor applicant has filed a claim against Mesa seeking $69,800 plus interest for the money they spent to try to open the business and profits lost.

They're also asking for either the right to open the parlor, or an extra $25,000 plus interest.

The notice of claim, a precursor to a lawsuit, comes slightly less than six months after the Mesa City Council rejected an application by Ryan Coleman to open Angel Tattoo near Dobson and Baseline roads.

The city has 60 days to respond. If it doesn't, it would be considered a denial of the claim.

"Then we may file a lawsuit if we so choose," said Michael Kielsky, the attorney representing Coleman.

 

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BlueLoriBlogSpot

Remember, this is the company that has gotten billion of tax money from Obama, the democrats in congress and will be doing work on 2010 “census” counts. Oh and BTW, they will also be present on 9/11/09 when Obama decides to use that day as a “national day of service” Comment when you watch the videos below you will wonder what type of services they expect the young girls to provide? Will it be "Mandatory" service??? According to Fox News, ACORN Officials with the controversial community organizing group ACORN were secretly videotaped offering to assist two individuals posing as a pimp and a prostitute, encouraging them to lie to the Internal Revenue Service and providing guidance on how to claim underage 13 year old girls from South America/El Salvador as dependents (which the investigators told the ACORN works, they intended to use for prostitution). They say you are known by the company you keep this is the kind of company obama keeps... These videos (at site

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As various charges and complaints have materialized over the years it seems that ACORN uses the communities in which they are located as staging grounds for national power grabs and with multiple states and entities receiving Federal funds ACORN plays to win. Aiding ACORN are groups like DEMO’s, the Democracy Alliance, Soros Open Society Institute, and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The Washington Examiner has covered ACORN’s: “Muscle for the Money” program:

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Remember, this is the company that has gotten billion of tax money from Obama, the democrats in congress and will be doing work on 2010 “census” counts. Oh and BTW, they will also be present on 9/11/09 when Obama decides to use that day as a “national day of service” According to Fox News, ACORN Officials with the controversial community organizing group ACORN were secretly videotaped offering to assist two individuals posing as a pimp and a prostitute, encouraging them to lie to the Internal Revenue Service and providing guidance on how to claim underage girls from South America as dependents. Watch videos..

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Economic Policy Journal

Lloyd Blankfein, chief executive of Goldman Sachs, has attacked some investment banking products as socially useless and said that the controversy over bankers’ pay was both understandable and appropriate, in a speech to the Handelsblatt banking conference in Frankfurt. He did not comment on the "social" usefulness of his new townhouse with its 12 car garage. Blankfein said that multi-year bonuses should be outlawed and senior staff should receive large proportions of pay in stock, rather than cash. Top executives should be forced to hold the bulk of that stock until retirement, he said. He did no comment on the degree to which he and Henry Paulson have already cashed out of stock. He did not mention the self-serving nature of his comments on multi-year bonuses given that Goldman has spurned multi-year bonus guarantees at a time when rivals have been hiring aggressively using such promises. Blankfein also supported the call for global regulatory reform , but did n

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Brad Friedman

It has now been over a week since the video tape and transcript from the remarkable 8/8/09 deposition of former FBI translator-turned-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds was publicly released. Previously, the Bush Administration invoked the so-called “state secrets privilege” in order to gag Edmonds, in attempting to keep such information from becoming public.  

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BlueLoriBlogSpot

Did you hear about the graft in New York that shocked the Post? "AT LEAST six city building inspectors -- some with ties to a powerful crime family -- were videotaped taking bribes at construction sites, and some were seen dealing cocaine and prescription pills while on duty, The Post has learned. The corrupt Department of Buildings workers -- who lined their pockets by ignoring violations or expediting construction and building work permits -- will be arrested later this month, along with about two dozen Luchese crime-family captains, soldiers and associates, sources said."

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BradBlog.com

Breaking down the formerly-gagged FBI whistleblower's sworn testimony...

It has now been over a week since the video tape and transcript from the remarkable 8/8/09 deposition of former FBI translator-turned-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds was publicly released. Previously, the Bush Administration invoked the so-called "state secrets privilege" in order to gag Edmonds, in attempting to keep such information from becoming public.

The under-oath, detailed allegations include bribery, blackmail, espionage and infiltration of the U.S. government of, and by current and former members of the U.S. Congress, high-ranking State and Defense Department officials and agents of the government of Turkey. The broad criminal conspiracy is said to have resulted in, among other things, the sale of nuclear weapons technology to black market interests including Pakistan, Iran, North Korea, Libya and others.

Even as many of these allegations had been previousl

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NY Post

AMERICANS should boycott the stock market. No, I'm not kidding. And this isn't going to be one of those funny columns. In fact, I'm deadly serious that investors shouldn't risk any more of their money until there are promises of a thorough investigation of Goldman Sachs. Over the past few years I've looked into the much-too-cozy relationship between Goldman and Washington. I've suspected that this Wall Street firm has been acting, in essence, as an arm of the government. And I am also pretty sure that if Goldman and Washington have something secret going on, the investment firm isn't doing it for altruistic reasons. There's money to be made. In 2007 I reported in this column that Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson let the cat out of the bag when he confessed on a cable TV show that it was "my job to talk regularly to market participants . . ." Paulson had been the chairman of Goldman right before taking the job as head of Treasury.

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After watching the video on America and the Eagle I cannot stop crying, my heart is broken in so many pieces by the loss of my personal America that I have loved so much over the past 70 years. Such a slow and planned dismemberment of a Proud and Practical nation we once were. Now what are we? Who even cares? Our majestic White House is a shameful reminder of the Crude, vicious, greedy men who we have allowed to inhabit those great rooms. The shame and vile nature of the very people who were supposed to be our guardians and the guardians of our Nation is criminal.

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Arizona Daily Star

A former high-ranking U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who had worked in Nogales, Ariz., and had a residence in Green Valley has been arrested on suspicion of cocaine smuggling charges. The suspected criminal activity that Richard Padilla Cramer has been charged with occurred in 2007 while he was working as an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in Guadalajara, Mexico, according to a criminal complaint issued on Aug. 28 by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami. 

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Goldman Sachs 666

Here are a couple of videos Max Keiser just posted from a brief chat we had this week. I must keep repeating . . . Wake Up America. Today is another example. As I write this, it is Friday afternoon and the financial markets are being driven higher . . . even though we just saw the worse unemployment numbers yet AND the numbers were worse than anyone predicted.What is happening now is a wholesale raping of America as Goldman Sachs and the Banksters stuff pension funds, mutual funds, IRAs and consumer accounts with overpriced stock that Goldman Sachs ran up to hyper-inflated levels . . . with taxpayer bailout money.When the markets correct, Goldman Sachs and the league of Banksters will be shelling out billions in bonuses as you realize how it feels to be beaten up, financially raped and tossed in the gutter. And you'll feel worse, when you realize you still have to come up with the two trillion dollars these thugs have stolen out of the system.

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Yahoo

There are many things public officials probably shouldn't do during a severe recession, but no one seems to have told the leaders in Florida about them. One thing, for instance, would be giving a dozen top aides hefty raises while urging a rise in property taxes, as the mayor of Miami-Dade County recently did. Or jacking up already exorbitant hurricane-insurance premiums, as Florida's government-run property insurer just did. Or sending an army of highly paid lobbyists to push for a steep hike in electricity rates, as South Florida's public utility is doing. But the less than sunny mood in Miami-Dade is made darker by the feeling among most residents that their fiscal jam is not just a result of falling revenue, but also years of profligate mismanagement. The final determination on their property taxes will be made soon by the Miami-Dade County Commission - a feckless, corruption-tainted body, many of whose members ran up hundreds of thousands of dollars in police overti

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National Legal and Policy Center

The Ethics in Government Act of 1978, as amended, provides that the Attorney General may seek civil penalty of up to $11,000 against an individual who knowingly and willfully falsifies or fails to file or report any information required by the Act. (5 U.S.C. app. § 104). In addition, 18 U.S.C. § 1001, as amended by the False Statements Accountability Act of 1996, is applicable here, That criminal statute, as here relevant, provides for a fine and/or imprisonment for up to five years for knowingly and willfully making any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation, or falsifying, concealing or covering up a material fact, in a filing under the Ethics in Government Act. (emphasis ours) The scale of Rangel’s omissions means they could have only been willful and deliberate. As detailed in the Post editorial:

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AP

 

JERICHO, Ark. – It was just too much, having to return to court twice on the same day to contest yet another traffic ticket, and Fire Chief Don Payne didn't hesitate to tell the judge what he thought of the police and their speed traps.

The response from cops? They shot him. Right there in court.

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Wall St. Pit

Also has a video at site. Former SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt spoke with FOX Business Network’s Alexis Glick and said that “we won’t prevent the next Bernie Madoff” and that “training has not been a high priority at the SEC.” Here are some excerpts from the interview: Courtesy of Fox Business News On preventing future ponzi schemes: “If you regard a World Com, and Enron, a Madoff, a Tino De Angelis, a Salad Oil scandal as a failure, then I don’t agree with you, because there isn’t a regulatory agency or a U.S. Attorney’s office that finds these scams before they happen. They never find them before they happen or we wouldn’t have them.” “We won’t prevent the next Bernie Madoff. What we can do is learn from Bernie Madoff and take steps to see to it that that kind of scandal doesn’t occur again, but there’ll be a new scandal and a new development.” On why the SEC failed to protect investors from Madoff:

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The Examiner

WHO: Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), a co-sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act (aka Card Check) WHAT: Nadler received the following dirty money: Communication Workers of America (PAC) $3,500 in 2010 election cycle; $7,000 in 2008 election cycle; $5,000 in 2006 election cycle. Boilermakers Union (PAC) $1,000 in 2010 election cycle; $1,000 in 2006 election cycle. American Federation of Government Employees (PAC) $1,000 in 2008 election cycle; $1,000 in 2006 election cycle. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (PAC) $5,000 in 2010 election cycle; $10,000 in 2008 election cycle; $7,000 in 2008 election cycle. Service Employees International Union (PAC) $10,000 in 2008 election cycle; $10,000 in 2006 election cycle. WHY IT'S DIRTY: Multiple officers and members of these unions, including division presidents, secretary-treasurers and business managers, have been convicted since 2001 of felonies ranging from embezzlement, falsifying official reports to government, mail fraud

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BBC

US drugmaker Pfizer has agreed to pay $2.3bn (£1.4bn) in the largest healthcare fraud settlement in the history of the Department of Justice. It follows the firm being found to have illegally promoted four drugs as treatments for conditions different to those which regulators had approved. A subsidiary of the firm pleaded guilty to misbranding drugs "with the intent to defraud or mislead". US officials said Pfizer would have to enter a corporate integrity agreement. It will be subject to additional public scrutiny by requiring it to make "detailed disclosures" on its website. Pfizer's general counsel said: "We regret certain actions taken in the past, but are proud of the action we've taken to strengthen our internal controls."

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corbett report . com

In a move sure to send shockwaves through the online activist community, Jonathon Elinoff—activist, researcher, and the filmmaker behind the Core of Corruption documentary series—has released a video archive of dozens of network news broadcasts detailing controversial and suppressed news stories.

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Stock Broker Fraud

 A District Court judge has granted class certification in the securities fraud lawsuit against Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs. The plaintiffs are accusing the broker-dealers of putting forth misleading analysts reports about RSL Communications Inc. for the purposes of maintaining or obtaining profitable financial and advisory work from RSL. Per Judge Shira Sheindlin, the class is to be made up of all parties that bought RSL Common stock between April 30, 1999 and December 29, 2000. RSL investors, who are the plaintiffs, contend that the defendants artificially inflated the market price of RSL common stock, which injured them and other class members.

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